David Moyes has suggested that West Ham United could now let Lucas Paqueta complete a transfer to Manchester City this summer.
As relayed by the Evening Standard, it was reported on Saturday that the Hammers are demanding a whopping £95 million fee to sell him after a deal was agreed.
Now, it seems like David Moyes and West Ham United are coming around to the idea of Lucas Paqueta eventually becoming a Manchester City player.
David Moyes suggests West Ham could let Lucas Paqueta make Manchester City move
The Brazilian international could be tasked to replace the Belgian’s creative presence in midfield, sharing this responsibility in the middle of the park with Phil Foden.
After West Ham drew 1-1 to Bournemouth on Saturday, David Moyes hinted that Lucas Paqueta could be given the chance to sign for Manchester City after all.
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“There’s a price on everybody’s head. We have had news on Lucas but not anything to make our heads wobble. Lucas Paqueta is an incredibly talented player. We played him a bit deeper alongside Tomas [Soucek].”
Paqueta would be an instant hit at the Etihad Stadium
The fact that David Moyes was willing to accept that for a certain price, West Ham would be open to selling Lucas Paqueta is good news for Manchester City.
Amid justified fears that the former Lyon midfielder could be quite overpriced, it is also worth emphasising that he has all the ingredients to become an instant success at the Etihad Stadium.
First things first, Paqueta is a technical phenom, which would make him a Guardiola favourite.
In addition, the versatile attacker is capable of providing cover both in midfield and on the right wing.
An underappreciated aspect of Lucas Paqueta’s game is his defensive proficiency, as he has the capability of playing in a double pivot, getting stuck in and recycling possession, which makes him well capable of bossing proceedings in several ways at Manchester City.